Archive for December, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday: Bleeding Edge
By December 26, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Bleeding Edge

Easing back into things after a few days away from the ol’ desk ‘n screen? Here’s a book trailer for your post-holi-daze; Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge has made major waves since it was published in September. The longer-than-your-average trailer features some guy saying, “Hi, I’m Tom Pynchon” via his tee-shirt, talking about book’s protagonist/investigator Maxine […]

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Librarian on a Shelf

Librarian on a Shelf

Cindy and Lynn: Here’s the right way to do “Elf on a Shelf”: Dress up as an elf and pose in your library! We can see many of you trying this next year. The Elf pictured here is junior high school librarian extraordinaire, Carolyn Gundrum. She is the library media specialist at Hamilton Southeastern Junior High […]

Dusty Book: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Dusty Book: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

If eggnog’s not enough to numb you to your family’s forced togetherness this holiday season, enjoy a shot of schadenfreude courtesy of  Jonathan Franzen’s hefty The Corrections. Denise, Gary and Chip return to their childhood home to give their mother one last “normal” Christmas, in spite of their father’s escalating Parkinson’s disease and the adult siblings’ […]

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Freebie Friday
By December 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Freebie Friday

Six terrific FREE audio downloads: celebrity reads by Ben Stiller & Tim Curry, well-loved classics, and more to fill your holiday travel time! Perfectly timed to the release of the movie starring Ben Stiller, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber, read by Stiller, is a free download from Audible available here.   […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Web Crush of the Week: The Largehearted Boy List of Online “Best of 2013″ Lists

Web Crush of the Week: The Largehearted Boy List of Online “Best of 2013″ Lists

The “best of” wrap-ups are one of my favorite parts of the end of the year. Which is why I’m so grateful that this super-comprensive list  by the Largehearted Boy is updated every year. Want to know what anyone whos has ever had an opinion about anything thought about what was published last year? Check […]

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Welcome to Stepford
By December 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Welcome to Stepford

Recently, a friend half-jokingly accused me of being a Stepford Wife.  Through my merry gales of laughter, I assured her that if she thinks that about me, she has not read Ira Levin’s chilling 1972 novel. My husband was equally amused, as I bear no resemblance, either in physical proportions or housekeeping zeal, to the women of that eerily […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Little Failure
By December 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Little Failure

This trailer for Gary Shteyngart’s forthcoming Little Failure has been kicking around the internet all week, but it’s an officially unofficial policy at BTT that we feature every book trailer that James Franco touches. So, lucky you, watch again or watch for the first time, and earn extra points for naming every cameo.

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Heaven Is Paved with Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Heaven Is Paved with Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Cindy: My 7th and 8th grade girls love Murdock’s novel Dairy Queen that features D.J. Schwenk and her football-crazy dairy-farming Wisconsin family, so I was delighted to see this new companion novel that I can offer my 6th graders. Heaven Is Paved with Oreos (Houghton Mifflin 2013) introduces Sarah Zorn, best friends with D.J.’s younger […]

Grammy Smackdown!
By December 17, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Grammy Smackdown!

The Spoken Word Grammy nominations have Billy Crystal & Stephen Colbert ready to crush each other – check out this video. And watch out Pete Seeger – these guys are serious about their audiobook success! The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive

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What the Heart Knows by Joyce Sidman

What the Heart Knows by Joyce Sidman

Lynn:  It may seem as if Joyce Sidman has written a new book.  The truth is that she has created a key to our hearts.  Her newest book of poetry, What the Heart Knows:  Chants, Charms & Blessings (Houghton 2013) touched me deeply in so many ways.  I laughed, cried, smiled, nodded, sighed and winced.  […]